Tim Coyle. © Getty Images

Melbourne Renegades have parted ways with head coach Tim Coyle, who was in charge of the team for three seasons. Coyle oversaw the club to its inaugural appearance in the finals in the fourth season of the Women’s Big Bash League, before last season’s semi-final finish.

“The challenges delivered by the current climate have forced us to reassess every area of our High Performance program and unfortunately this has led to the end of Tim’s tenure with the Renegades,” Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria’s General Manger of Cricket, said.

“This certainly takes nothing away from Tim’s contribution to the Melbourne Renegades in his time as head coach. He’s led the club to back-to-back finals campaigns and a number of players have graduated to the national team under his direction.”

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“We’d like to thank Tim for his hard work over the last three seasons and wish him well for the future.”

Coyle took over as head coach ahead of season three in 2017 after Renegades’ seventh place finish in 2016-17. During his tenure, the club finished in the final four twice, nearly sneaking past Sydney Sixers in season four, where they lost in a dramatic Super Over.

Three members of the current Renegades squad – Georgia Wareham, Sophie Molineux and Molly Strano – played a pivotal role in Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph at home a couple of months ago.

Coyle’s exit means both Melbourne-based WBBL clubs – Renegades and Stars – are without a head coach with Leah Poulton also standing down to take up a full-time position with Cricket New South Wales.

The club will announce Coyle’s replacement in due course.